Each user who registers gets an account after approval. Associated with the account is a user name and password, which is used to login to eSyndicat. Also, there are some privileges associated with the account.

Admin Panel

The area of a website, or content management system that allows the administrator to add, edit, or delete content. It is usually password protected, and has other security features to keep regular users out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admin_Panel



A banner is a graphical image that is embedded in a web page and is used primarily for advertising. http://computer.howstuffworks.com/banner-ad1.htm


A block is a self-contained web component containing code (eg., php, smarty) which performs a specific function. It can be positioned in specified areas of the eSyndiCat web page. A block can be positioned in any of the following areas of the eSyndiCat web page: left, right, top bottom, user1, user2. Besides, webmasters can easily create their own areas for blocks. Later they can move their blocks in this div in Visual Mode. Admin can order the position for the blocks. Let's say there are several blocks in right area so admin can set what block can be displayed higher.


A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog



A temporary storage area where frequently accessed data can be stored for rapid access. Once the data is stored in the cache, future use can be made by accessing the cached copy rather than re-fetching or recomputing the original data, so that the average access time is shorter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache If your directory is at the early stage where content is being ramped up and is updated very often, it is suggested that the caching option is disabled. Once the content of the directory has stabilised and all settings are configured, it is highly recommended that caching is enabled.


A category is a classification of the directory listings. It is a collection of listings sharing a "common" attribute. Eg., articles, news, products, services, etc. A user may suggest a new category in addition to the existing categories. Note that a listing can belong to one or several categories.


A type of challenge-response test used in computing to ensure that the response is not generated by a computer. The process usually involves one computer (a server) asking a user to complete a simple test which the computer is able to generate and grade. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha

Cron Job

Cron is the name of program that enables unix users to execute commands or scripts (groups of commands) automatically at a specified time/date. It is normally used for sys admin commands, like makewhatis, which builds a search database for the man -k command, or for running a backup script, but can be used for anything. A common use for it today is connecting to the internet and downloading your email.


Deep Links

Deep links are hyperlinks that point to a specific page or image on another website, instead of that website's main or home page. Admin can manage a number of allowed deep links from admin panel. This feature is commonly used for paid listings when setting up a sponsored plan.


Featured Listing

When a listing is featured, it appears in the Featured Block. The idea behind "featuring" a listing is to "highlight" it in comparison with the other listings, usually a short period (e.g., 1 month). It is usual practice to charge for featuring a listing. Admin can make Featured Listing manually or take money for it. In this case a sponsored plan should be created in admin panel.


File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a network protocol used to transfer data from one computer to another through a network such as the Internet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ftp



HyperText Markup Language (HTML), is the predominant markup language for Web pages. It provides a means to describe the structure of text-based information in a document - by denoting certain text as links, headings, paragraphs, lists, and so on - and to supplement that text with interactive forms, embedded images, and other objects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Html

HTTP header

HTTP headers form the core of an HTTP request, and are very important in an HTTP response. They define various characteristics of the data that is requested or the data that has been provided. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_header



A listing is an entry in a category, including the ROOT. The basic element of any directory. When a listing is suggested, it has to be approved first. Once a listing is approved (i.e. in the system) it can be checked for following conditions: broken, reciprocal, duplicate.
Listing status: approved, disapproved, banned, suspended
Listing type: free, featured, sponsored, partner.



These are navigational menus which link to other pages. There are 4 menus provided - Inventory, Main, Bottom and Account. They can be easily configured via Admin Panel. Administrator can include any page in these menus.


The prefix meta- is used to mean about (its own category). For example, metadata are data about data (who has produced them, when, what format the data are in and so on).

Mod Rewrite

A rewrite engine is software which modifies a web URL's appearance (URL rewriting). Users of web applications prefer short, neat URLs to raw query string parameters. A concise URL is easy to remember, and less time-consuming to type in. If the URL can be made to relate clearly to the content of the page, then errors are less likely to happen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod_rewrite This also can make your site more attractive for search engine crawlers.


MySQL is a simple, yet powerful Open Source Software relational database management system that uses SQL. It is commonly used with web pages. It can allow viewers to look up specific information from a large quantity of data stored in the database.


Multi-cross is the number of additional categories. A listing always belong to a category, but it can also be listed in other categories. This feature is also used for sponsored listings. People who submit a sponsored listing can have a better PR if they have a link back from several categories. Also if it's a high traffic directory people will have more clicks on their listing if they have it in several categories.



nofollow is an HTML attribute value used to instruct some search engines that a hyperlink should not influence the link target's ranking in the search engine's index. It is intended to reduce the effectiveness of certain types of search engine spam, thereby improving the quality of search engine results and preventing spamdexing from occurring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nofollow



PageRank is Google's method of calculating a web page's relevance and importance through the quality of sites linking to it.


PayPal is an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. PayPal serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods such as checks and money orders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paypal

Partner Listing

Partner listing are reserved for those considered as "partners". Admin manually manages partner listings in admin panel. Any listing can be considered as Partner once admin makes it partner. These listings can be displayed on top of regular listings and highlighted with a different color.


PHP is a scripting language originally designed for producing dynamic web pages.


A piece of text used for short descriptions, error messages, comments, etc. Examples: "Not available", "URL located, contest follows (200)"


A Plan is a specific arrangement for publishing a listing in the directory. Typically, there are several plans to choose from. A plan arrangement includes the following:

  1. The category will belong to;
  2. The maximum number of deep links;
  3. The maximum number of categories for a multi-crossed listing;
  4. The cost for the listing;
  5. The duration (in days) of the listing.


A piece of code that add extra functionality to your directory. Plugins provide custom functions and features to tailor the directory to specific needs. Majority of eSyndiCat users does not require plugins, or only require a few, such as plugins dealing with banners or template choosers. eSyndicat plugins are available from http://www.esyndicat.com/downloads/


Reciprocal URL

Reciprocal URL is the web page address link on the website of the listing owner that would contain a link back to your website. It requires a link/ad owner that has a link on our website to maintain a reciprocal link on their website back to yours. The Reciprocal URL is where one would type the web address where it can be found and verify the existence of the web link back to your web page.


It refers to the highest level of the directory, above all categories. It's also a homepage of your site. If you need to change Meta or text for your homepage you should edit ROOT category. This can be done from Admin Panel -> Browse Categories.



Sendmail is a mail transfer agent (MTA) that supports many kinds of mail transfer and delivery including the overwhelmingly popular SMTP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sendmail


Smarty is a web template system written in PHP. Smarty is primarily promoted as a tool for separation of concerns, which is a common design strategy for certain kinds of applications. Smarty generates web content by the placement of special Smarty tags within a document. These tags are processed and substituted with other code. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smarty http://www.smarty.net/


Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is an Internet standard for email transmission across the IP networks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMTP


A category can be further broken down into categories, which are usually referred to as sub-categories. There can be several levels of categories. Technically, there is no limit on the number of levels.

Sponsored Listing

When a listing is sponsored, it appears in the Sponsored Block. It also appears as "boxed" in the Listing page, ahead of free listings. Sponsored listings are "paid advertisements".



A tag cloud or word cloud (or weighted list in visual design) is a visual depiction of user-generated tags, or simply the word content of a site, used typically to describe the content of web sites. Tags are usually single words and are typically listed alphabetically, and the importance of a tag is shown with font size or color. Thus both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity is possible. The tags are usually hyperlinks that lead to a collection of items that are associated with a tag. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagcloud


Refers to skin templates, which how the elements of a page look including where the content area is positioned on the page. Refer to eSyndiCat Templates Repository for skin templates available to users.


Screenshots of online documents such as web page in small thumbnail sizes. Thumbshots help users to visualize web sites or preview links before clicking. The dimension of a thumbshot image (usually under 120 pixels in width by 90 pixels in height) is generally much smaller than the actual online document allowing users to download and view a sample of the document quickly. http://www.thumbshots.org



Uniform Resource Locator. Also referred to as Web Address. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL



A video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. http://www.youtube.com

2checkout (2CO)

Instant credit card processing services accounts for merchants with internet businesses. http://www.2checkout.com


Qualifier for template files.